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Science/High-Tech - Facebook under pressure to resume scanning messages for child abuse in EU

Facebook under pressure to resume scanning messages for child abuse in EU

Social media Facebook has been urged by children’s charity NSPCC to resume a program that scanned private messages for indications of child abuse after new data emerged that suggested that almost half of referrals for child sexual abuse material are now going unnoticed. Strict New Regulations Recent adjustments to the European commission’s e-privacy directive, which are currently in the pipeline, obligate messaging services to adhere to strict regulations on the privacy of message data. Facebook has subsequently shut down the child protection operation, laying the blame for their decision on the directive. However, the children’s charity has faulted Facebook’s overzealous application of the law.   Andy Burrows, the charity’s head of child safety online policy said: “It’s striking...